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‘I’m Not for Kissing and Nudity in Films at All’: Salman Khan April 12, 2019 18:08

Bollywood star Salman Khan in a recent interview said he will always maintain a ‘clean’ image as far as his production ventures are concerned, adding that content these days, especially on web platforms, ‘is shocking’. Salman in an interview with DNA said, “One thing is clear in my mind. I just want to make clean, entertaining films.” The actor said that because of his upbringing, he has decided to ‘move into the Barjatya zone’ with his films. Salman recently produced Notebook, in which actors Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal were launched. Previously, Salman had launched his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in LoveYatri. He said, “I’m constantly wondering if I’m doing the right thing or the wrong thing because there are bizarre trends today. The kind of films that are being made (especially some of the stuff on web platforms) are shocking! I can’t even watch the stuff, but people are watching it.” He said he understands if people want to watch such content in privacy, but he can’t manage it even when he’s alone. He said he still gets awkward when a kissing scene happens, and he’s with others. “See it whichever way you want, but I will put my heft behind clean cinema,” he said. Salman added, “Instead of ones and twos coming in to watch movies, I’d rather want our banner to have films where people know they will have the naughtiness, humor, action, and romance, but all of us can watch them together. That’s what I want to keep it to. If there’s ever an ‘A’ rated picture, then it will be because of action. I’m not for kissing and nudity in films at all.” On the work front, Salman has two releases lined up for 2019. Eid will see the release of Bharat, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and starring Katrina Kaif, and December’s Dabangg 3, which reunites him with Sonakshi Sinha. -Sangam Sowmya    

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Oregon Woman Rose Marie Bentley Had Organs on the Wrong Side of Body, yet Lives Until 99 April 12, 2019 16:16

A woman from Oregon in the United States was born with her organs on the wrong side of her body. Amazingly, she had a normal life and lived until 99 years. Rose Marie Bentley had no knowledge of it and didn’t have any chronic medical problems apart from arthritis. Her condition was brought to by students in an anatomy class who got to have a closer look at her body, which she serendipitously donated to medical science. They found out that her organs were not placed right. Strangely, in spite of having multiple surgeries, doctors were not able to identify her condition. According to doctors who examined her corpse, Rose had situs inversus. Her abdominal organs, including liver and stomach, were positioned right to left. She also had levocardia, in which her heart was positioned on the normal (left) side of the body. According to BBC reports, it all started when the anatomy students failed to locate a major blood vessel. It triggered a cascade effect, as they discovered that many of her organs were not where they should have been and that’s when they realized Rose’s is a unique case. Both Rose and her husband had donated their bodies to the Oregon Health and Science University body donation programme. Her family told BBC that the couple was inspired after they read a poem by Robert Noel Test. -Sangam Sowmya    

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Skin Fasting: This New Beauty Trend Might Save Your Skin and Money Too! April 12, 2019 16:12

You might have heard of intermittent fasting but have you ever come across skin fasting? This new type of fasting is a new beauty trend that may save your whopping bills and if it goes viral, it could threaten the whole beauty industry. Skin fasting, a trend that's gaining traction over the Internet, involves taking a day or two a week to escape from your make-up and moisturizer, to encourage your skin to produce its own hydration, in the form of your natural oils. According to a Japanese skincare brand, Mirai Clinical, the skin has an inherent ability to take care of itself when beauty products are out of the picture. By minimizing products or not using any once or twice a week, the fast is supposed to help beef up back our skin's natural protective barrier that can be weakened by a thorough - yet maximalist - skincare regime. However, there's no need to follow a strict skincare routine if you don't notice any major positive changes. As far as your complexion is concerned, the less you do for it, the better. By using intensive regimes in which we layer up multiple products, it's said that we effectively allow our skin to become lazy. It doesn't need to produce our natural hydration system, in the form of oils, and so let's that slide. -Sowmya Sangam  

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Instagram to Demote Morally and Sexually Vague Content on Its App April 12, 2019 16:05

Instagram, Facebook-owned photo-sharing app, on Wednesday announced that is going to demote morally and sexually vague content including video snippets, memes, and pictures. "We have begun reducing the spread of posts that are inappropriate but do not go against Instagram's Community Guidelines, limiting those types of posts from being recommended on our Explore and hashtag pages," Guy Rosen, Vice President of Integrity and Tessa Lyons, Head of News Feed Integrity, Facebook, wrote in a blog post. Instagram, which has around one billion global users, has always maintained strict policies against nudity on its platform. It states that nudity is only allowed if the photos show a nude sculpture or a painting, post-mastectomy scarring, or a woman breastfeeding, The Next Web (TNW) reported. The sexually suggestive post shared on the app would still appear in feed for followers, however, the content may not appear for the broader community, said Instagram. -Sangam Sowmya  

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Rama Navami 2019: 10 Interesting Facts About Lord Rama April 12, 2019 15:28

Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama. It is observed on the last day of Chaitra Navaratri. In Hinduism, Lord Rama is the representation of everything virtuous. According to Hindu legends, Lord Rama was born on the ninth day of Chaitra Navaratri, on the auspicious day of Shukla Paksha. He, along with his brothers Bharata, Lakshana and Shatrughana, was born at 12 noon on this day. The date of Rama Navami 2019 is on April 14. On this day, devotees observe fast, perform puja, feed Brahmins and listen to the vrat Katha or the story of Prince Sri Rama. It is believed that by praying to Rama, devotees will be blessed with peace, harmony, and prosperity in their lives. Here are some lesser-known facts about Sri Rama: Gods Willed the Birth of Rama The Gods themselves had willed the birth of Rama because he was destined to kill Ravana. King Ravana had antagonized the devas and the rishis who approached Bramha to save them from him. Gandharvas, yakshas or other demons couldn’t kill him. So Lord Vishnu was chosen to perform the task through his birth as Rama. So he was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya in his seventh incarnation. Rama Was Born After a Yagna King Dasharatha was worried since none of his queens - Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi - bore him an heir. Thus heeding Rishi Vasishta’s advice, the king performed the Putra Kamesti Yagna. After it was successfully performed, Agnideva himself appeared out of the yagnakund and offered Dasharath a bowl of sweet or kheer. It was then given to three queens, who conceived Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrugna after consuming it. Chanting Rama's Name Evokes Powerful Results Vashishta Maharishi suggested the name “Rama” to Dasharatha. Uttering the name of Rama or chanting Rama Nama works as a powerful mantra. It can banish pain, suffering, and anguish, and give immense peace to the chanter. His name is composed of two Bhija Aksharas - ‘Ra’ the agni bhija and ‘ma’ the amruta bhija. Chanting Rama’s name can instantaneously rejuvenate the body and mind. In tantric yogic philosophy, the syllable "Ra" is the Mooldhara or the place where the power of Kundalini originates. "Ma" is the Sahasrara, the energy reaches (the crown of the head). It’s believed that chanting the name alone can help you become a yogi. Rama Was an Ajanbahu Lord Rama had distinct physical characteristics, which showed that he was not ordinary and was destined for greatness. He had a superhuman form when he was born and bore all the auspicious signs on his body. His lotus-shaped eyes were reddish and his body shone like a thousand suns. More importantly, he was an “ajanbahu” (having long arms beyond the knees). These signs showed that Rama was no ordinary being. Rama Had a Sister Not many know this, but Rama also had an elder sister, Shanta, according to Valmiki. She is the daughter of Dasharatha and Kaushalya, who was given away to the king of Angadesh Rompad and his wife Vershini. Like Rama, she was also quite skilled in the Vedas, arts, and crafts. She was beautiful and was a skilled warrior. According to a legend, she saved Romapad’s kingdom from a severe drought by marrying Rishyasringa and getting him to perform a yagnya. In the end, it finally rained and the kingdom was saved. Rama’s Bow Could Wipe out An Army Rama’s bow Sharanga, known also as Kodanda, was known to wipe out armies at once. The bow originally belonged to Lord Vishnu and was crafted by Vishwakarma, the cosmic architect and weapon maker. After a war with Shiva over the might of their individual weapons, Vishnu gave away Sharanga to Parashurama and Shiva gave away his bow Pinaka to King Janaka’s ancestors. After Ram broke the Pinaka at Sita Swayamwara, Parashurama stalls him in his way and asks him to lift the Sharanga. When he does so without breaking a sweat, Parashurama realizes that Rama is Vishnu himself. Squirrel Got Its Stripes From Rama An unlikely helper who aided Rama in his quest for Sita, apart from the Vanarsena, was a little squirrel. The furry animal did whatever it could to build the bridge to Lanka by carrying tiny pebbles in his mouth, dropping it into the sea. Rama Chanted Sita’s Name till the End Rama and Sita’s marriage was preordained. The two were deeply attracted to each other from the time they set eyes on each other. All through their life, their loyalty for each other was unwavering. Although Rama did test Sita through the agnipariksa, he always loved her genuinely. -Sangam Sowmya      

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Viral Picture ‘Crying Girl on the Border’ Wins 2019 World Press Photo of the Year April 12, 2019 13:26

The photo of a little girl crying at the United States-Mexican border which had gone viral during Donald Trump’s new immigration policy earlier this year has won 2019 World Press Photo of the Year. John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with Getty Images who clicked the photo titled 'Crying Girl on the Border' won the prestigious award at the 62nd annual World Press Photo of the Year contest. The Amsterdam-based World Press Photo Foundation announced the winners of the annual awards on Thursday. The photo also won the 1st prize in the Spot News category. The photo which was widely shared on social media had become the face of Donald Trump's new 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy. The photo which was clicked on June 12, 2018, is of a Honduran toddler named Yanela Sanchez. The tot was crying as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by the United States border officials in McAllen, Texas. The picture of the child had also made it to the cover of TIME Magazine alongside the cutout of American President Donald Trump demonstrating the government's orders. As the photo went viral, it led to social media outrage with people hitting out at the new law that separated children of immigrants from their parents. Following a strong public outcry, Trump reserved the controversial practice on June 20. The prize-winning photos will be put on display for a year-long exhibition that visits 45 countries and 100 cities. Overall and category winners received a Golden Eye Award and a diploma at the Awards Show. The winners of the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year won a cash prize of 10,000 euros. Several other photographers were also awarded in different categories. Contest jurors which are a group of photojournalism professionals from around the world reviewed 78,801 photographs from 4,738 photographers, with 43 nominees from 25 countries. -Sangam Sowmya    

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Chitralahari Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew April 12, 2019 12:28

Vijay (Sai Tej) struggles for success despite of several attempts and he settles working in a tv repair centre. Chitralahari is all about two girls Lahari (Kalyani Priyadarshan) and Chitra (Nivetha Pethuraj) who make an impact in his life. While Vijay falls in love with Lahari, he deals about a business with Chitra that leads him to succeed in life. Watch Chitralahari to know about the entire backstory, his love track and how 'Accident Alert System' brings success for Vijay in life.

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Meet the 32-Year-Old Indian American Who Traveled for over 30 Hours Just to Vote in General Elections April 12, 2019 11:45

Despite being in India scores of voters didn’t turn up to exercise their franchise but a 32-year-old job holder in the United States traveled from New York to Nagpur spending a bomb just to cast his vote. Ashish Sharma, who is working as a sales manager in the United States-based e-commerce company, has lately been a frequent visitor to the city owing to his mother’s ill health. As per the arrangement made with his company, his next visit was scheduled around April 25. However, after polling dates were announced, the big follower of Indian politics could not resist and convinced his bosses to let him fulfill his national duties. Sharma reached Nagpur flying for over 30 hours in the early hours of Thursday. “Right after the polling date was announced, I had made up my mind to come here. While during other visits my company would bear the travel expenses, this time I would be paying for my return tickets,” said Sharma. “It’s not about just one vote. I know it won’t make a difference. My main intention is to motivate all the Indians staying abroad to come and vote. Imagine what a big difference can be made if thousands of Indians living just in the United States vote,” said Sharma, who has been posting his inked pictures on social media appealing people living overseas to vote. Voting, for them, is a medium to express their belongingness, Said Sharma. “We are not appreciated much outside as some racism does exist. And we are not appreciated in India as we don’t stay here. What can be a better way than voting to show that we care?” he added. NRI voters were not been extended right to cast their votes online in this Lok Sabha elections. A bill to extend proxy voting rights to NRIs was passed in Lok Sabha but is pending in Rajya Sabha. -Sangam Sowmya    

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Jersey Trailer: Emotionally Packed April 12, 2019 11:04

Natural Star Nani needs a hit to get back into the race. He feels that Jersey is the right film to make his comeback. The film is directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri and Shraddha Srinath is the heroine. The trailer of the film is already out today and it is creating ripples across the circles of Telugu states. The emotional drama is the most discussed one and Nani plays a cricketer Arjun and the other shade showcases him as a struggling husband. The trailer is well cut and it showcases all the emotions in right amounts. The background score and the cinematography work are the major highlights of the trailer. Nani and the emotional drama are the pillars for sure. Jersey trailer keeps up high expectations on the movie. Sithara Entertainments produced the film and Jersey is hitting the screens on April 19th.    

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U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Strengthen India-U.S Strategic Partnership April 12, 2019 10:45

The important legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of half a dozen influential American lawmakers which seeks to advance the United States-India strategic relationship. If enacted, the legislation would ensure that the U.S. State Department treat India as a NATO ally for the purposes of the Arms Export Control Act. It would send a powerful signal that defense sales to India should be prioritized according to U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, which had worked on this important legislation. The bill H R 2123 was introduced this week by Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "India is the world's largest democracy, a pillar of stability in the region, and has shown strong commitments to export control policies," said Wilson. "This adjustment to U.S. law will further allow the U.S.-India partnership to flourish in line with our security commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. I am grateful for the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), led by Dr. Mukesh Aghi, and their support for this legislation," he said. The original co-sponsors of the legislation are Congressman Ami Bera, the longest-serving Indian American in Congress and the House India Caucus Co-Chairs, Congressmen George Holding, Brad Sherman, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Congressman Ted Yoho. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2017 included special language recognizing the unique U.S.-India defense relationship that designated India as a "Major Defence Partner" of the United States. The language seeks unique consideration for trade and technology sharing with India and increased attention and support to advance this relationship in the areas of defense trade and technology sharing. "The legislation bolsters national security and helps ensure full alignment between the Department of Defense and the Department of State. "Such a change will institutionalize the gains made in the relationship and provide a more stable foundation upon which both countries can solidify this unique defence partnership," USISPF said. Although powerful in its own right, the NDAA FY 2017 has no legal bearing on the State Department's body of legislation, nor does it compel the State Department to view defense with India more favorably, USISPF said in a statement. To fulfill the spirit and intent of the NDAA 2017, the U.S.-India Enhanced Cooperation Act would amend the Arms Export Control Act to put India on par with NATO allies and Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. "We applaud Congressman Wilson's leadership in reintroducing this important bill. We are confident the U.S. Congress will continue to enact legislation that bolsters the bilateral. The great power competition is not lost on Members of Congress, who understand the strategic imperative for a deeper relationship with India," said Aghi, president and chief executive officer of USISPF. "This legislation would be a major breakthrough for the U.S.-India defense relationship. As Chairman of USISPF, I support this move because it would ultimately further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. The future is bright for the U.S.-India relationship and we hope this legislation is enacted soon," USISPF chairman John Chambers said. -Sangam Sowmya    

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